Gremio climb as Cruzeiro deny Ronaldinho
Ronaldinho scored a classic individual goal but Atletico Mineiro had to settle for a point in a tempestuous clash with Cruzeiro.
Hosts Cruzeiro secured a 2-2 draw when Mateus scored in the 12th minute of stoppage time in a match in which the referee showed three red cards and nine yellows. Cruzeiro went ahead when Wallyson slid in for a close-range opener in the 17th minute, but Leonardo Silva hit a fine equaliser just before half-time - a left-footed strike into the top-left corner from 15 yards.
The referee dismissed Cruzeiro's Leandro Guerreiro and Atletico's Bernard as they argued, having earlier booked both. Play resumed and Atletico had Pierre sent off in the 89th minute.
But former Barcelona forward Ronaldinho looked to have won it for the nine men in the 90th minute when he produced a vintage run from inside his own half before sidefooting a calm finish into the right corner. Yet the match was far from over and Mateus turned in a low cross in the dying stages to salvage a point.
Atletico nudge a point ahead of Fluminense at the top of the table with their point, while Cruzeiro lie eighth.
Gremio climbed to third with a 1-0 win at Internacional, courtesy of Elano's eighth-minute goal. Luis Fabiano scored both for Sao Paulo in a 2-1 victory away to Corinthians, who had led through Emerson's early effort.
Bottom-of-the-table Figueirense beat Coritiba 3-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Aloisio who scored after 22, 26 and 53 minutes. Anderson Aquino netted in the 33rd minute for Coritiba, who had Everton Ribeiro sent off after 66 minutes.
Bahia drew 1-1 at home against Atletico Goianense, a ninth-minute goal from Fabinho cancelled out by the visitors' Diogo Campos with seven minutes left. Botafogo drew 0-0 with Flamengo, as did Sport Recife with Nautico Refice.